Archive for January, 2011

I never do these things

All y’all inspired me to finally step up though. Forgive my severely abbreviated answers; this was a hard year and I’m kind of choked up that it’s finally over.


1. What did you do in 2010 that you’d never done before?

Got an article published in a national magazine. Got a job working outside the home for the first time in forever. Took the kids camping. Started jogging.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I honestly do not remember making resolutions last year. If I did, I’m sure I’ve blown them by now.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

If internets are close, then yes.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Yes. Both of my beloved grandparents.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2011 that you lacked in 2010?

Steady employment for my husband, steady income for our family, steady nerves for me.

7. What dates from 2010 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

The dates of my grandparents’ deaths. It was somewhat expected, but really shook me nonetheless.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

Landing a full-time job.

9. What was your biggest failure?

Too frequently letting my frustration/despair/moodiness infiltrate our family dynamics.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

No, but my son had a months-long medical scare that totally consumed me.

11. What was the best thing you bought?


12. Where did most of your money go?

Major fixes on our house. Also school tuition for the kids.

13. What did you get really excited about?

My new job. It’s a non-profit and pays kind of a laughable salary, but I am so grateful for the work, the people, and the organization’s mission. I feel more focused, more purposeful, more of a contributor.

14. What song will always remind you of 2010?

The whole Contra album by Vampire Weekend. It got a LOT of play here. Also the hymn How Great Thou Art. (From my grandma’s memorial service.)

15. Compared to this time last year, are you:
– happier or sadder? Both. The mix always changes.
– thinner or fatter? Fatter.
– richer or poorer? In terms of money, much poorer. In terms of wisdom, life lessons, love: richer.

16. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Laughed. Relaxed. Let go.

17. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Solitaire on my iPhone.

18. How did you spend Christmas?

Home, with family.

19. What was your favorite TV program?

Mad Men!

20. What were your favorite books of the year?

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, Room by Emma Donoghue, Half Baked by Alexa Stevenson, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, The Magicians by Lev Grossman, Through the Children’s Gate by Adam Gopnik, Tinkers by Paul Harding.

21. What was your favorite music from this year?

I have no idea what is actually from this year. I mostly listen to Leonard Cohen and classical. And Vampire Weekend, Broken Bells, and a few hymns. Yeah, I know. I’m hard core.

22. What were your favorite films of the year?

Inception, Toy Story 3.

23. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

Lovely dinner with family. I turned 37.

24. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?


25. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2010?

Frumpy. Definitely. Except today, New Year’s Eve! I got daring and went for the skinny jeans / schlumpy boots combo.

26. What kept you sane?

Family. Friends. Escapism (books, booze).

27. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2010.

Love matters most.

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